February 9, 2013 in City

In brief: Allegiant sets fares for Honolulu flights

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Allegiant Air announced introductory fares of $140 each way for its weekly flights between Spokane to Honolulu.

Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 16 for travel by Aug. 15.

The airline specializes in serving smaller cities like Spokane.

The Honolulu flights will depart Spokane International Airport at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, and arrive on Oahu at 12:30 p.m. The return flights are Fridays arriving in Spokane at 7 p.m.

Teen says men tried to grab her

Spokane police are looking for two white men in their late teens or early 20s after a 13-year-old girl reported they tried to grab her as she left Sacajawea Middle School between 3:15 and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The girl described a four-door, dirty yellowish car, possibly a 1980s Honda, which stopped at the corner of 30th Avenue and Grand Boulevard. The girl was able to run away.

Police said this incident is not related to Thursday’s luring arrest in the 3400 block of North Crestline Street.

Sex offender wins acquittal

A 37-year-old registered sex offender has been released from jail and acquitted of indecent exposure charges after a judge sided with defense arguments that the man was simply modeling his genitalia for photographs at Riverfront Park and could not be seen by other park users.

Spokane police had kept James R. Febus, 37, in jail since he was arrested on April 17. Indecent exposure was a felony because Febus previously was convicted in 1997 of third-degree rape of a child and several counts since then for failing to register as a sex offender.

Officers were called to the park after a security officer claimed he saw Febus exposing himself to another man who was taking photographs underneath the Monroe Street Bridge near the gondolas.

Defense attorney Stephen Heintz argued that the men “were taking photos, including those exposing Mr. Febus’ penis, for purposes of a modeling portfolio” but that the exposure was not visible to anyone else.

Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno then ruled last week to dismiss the case.

Couple arrested in meth case

Deputies arrested a husband and wife Tuesday for possessing methamphetamine and placed their young son with a family member.

William Harriman, 33, and his wife, Kamille Harriman, 30, were staying in Elk near a convenience store.

He had a felony DUI warrant out of Idaho with a $50,000 bond.

Deputies found Harriman’s 1990s Chevrolet extra-cab truck in the parking lot of a convenience store, running with its lights off. The driver left the parking lot and deputies followed while the driver steered behind a snowbank. The driver got out of the truck, threw an object into the snowbank and hid behind it.

Deputies arrested Harriman for the felony warrant and noticed Kamille Harriman still inside the truck with the couple’s 6-year-old son. They searched the snowbank and found a red cloth containing a glass pipe and two clear baggies holding meth.

They also believed Kamille Harriman was under the influence of meth.

Heating assistance available from SNAP

Financial help remains for people struggling to pay heating bills in Spokane County.

The Spokane Neighborhood Action Partner has funds left through its energy assistance program. Appointments can be made at www.snapwa.org.>

Applicants can click the thermostat on the home page to start the appointment process, or call (509) 242-2376.

Special Olympian brings home gold

Special Olympian Heather Comer returned home to Spokane on Friday with a gold medal.

Comer, 29, who has Down syndrome, represented Washington and Team USA in the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. She competed in alpine downhill skiing and won a gold and a bronze medal, as well as a fifth-place finish in the slalom.

The Central Valley High School graduate has been skiing for 15 years.

“We are all very happy with her efforts,” said her father, Tim Comer. “Every day they moved her up in the rankings and she met the challenge. She is leaving Korea with a gold and a bronze medal, a fifth-place ribbon, a big smile and a great experience to remember for a lifetime.”

Police raid turns up pound of heroin

Police seized a pound of heroin worth $35,000 during a Friday raid of a suspected drug ring.

Four suspects were arrested and $2,000 cash confiscated as detectives searched a South Hill home in the 1400 block of South Grand Boulevard, according to the Spokane Police Department. Michael A. Schadler, 51, and Heather S. Brannan, 33, were arrested on suspicion of heroin possession with intent to deliver, police said.

Shawn C. Quaintance, 35, was arrested on a possession charge, and police arrested Joel J. Simpson, 27, on unrelated matters.

Man in fight died of head injury

A Spokane man killed in Sandpoint this week died of blunt force trauma to the head during a fight, KHQ television is reporting.

The Bonner County deputy coroner told KHQ that Alberto Tuinzing, 36, got into an argument with Anthony Viola, 25.

Tuinzing is suspected of drawing his gun. Viola was shot in the arm. Tuinzing hit his head on the ground and died.

Sandpoint police have not yet labeled the case a homicide or self-defense.

Mobile home fire victim identified

A man found dead Tuesday inside a burning mobile home north of Spokane was Dennis P. McGurk, 52.

He died from smoke inhalation and burns, according to the Spokane County medical examiner’s office.

Firefighters were called to the mobile home at 6717 N. Julia St. just before 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Doug Bleeker, deputy chief of Spokane County Fire District 9, said it may take several weeks to determine how the fire started.

The last fire death in District 9 occurred in November at 6428 N. Smith St. The victim was Geraldine M. Eickmeyer, 91. Bleeker said investigators believe the kitchen fire was accidental.

Charges dropped in triple killing

YAKIMA – Yakima County prosecutors have dropped charges against the sole remaining murder suspect in a triple slaying in Yakima two years ago.

Prosecutors said they have insufficient evidence to prosecute Tracy Culton in the February 2011 deaths of a man, his wife and his 98-year-old mother.

Bill and Pauline Goggin and Bill’s mother, Bettye Goggin, were found beaten to death at their home in a gated community west of Yakima.

Prosecutors also dropped murder charges against the primary suspect in the case in October.

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